Tommy Hope has been named in the League Football Education’s ‘The 11’ list – recognition for his football and academic progress so far this season.
The on and off the pitch achievements of 11 young footballers have been recognised by the LFE, including that of Dons defender Hope.
The accolade comes in the same month that he scored a stunning winning goal to send the young Dons through to the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup – a strike which has been viewed by over 19,000 people on YouTube.
The 11 celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards dinner in April.
England Under-20 World Cup winners Ademola Lookman, Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lewis Cook have all previously been named in ‘The 11’. Everton forward Lookman and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Cook also went on to become Apprentice of the Year winners.
The 11 – December 2017:
Finlay Sinclair-Smith (Blackpool)
Callum Styles (Bury)
George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town)
Joe Lynch (Crewe Alexandra)
Danny Amos (Doncaster Rovers)
Jack Tucker (Gillingham)
Jesse Debrah (Millwall)
Tommy Hope (Milton Keynes Dons)
Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United)
Sam Cartwright (Peterborough United)
Reece McGinley (Rotherham United)
LFE chief executive Alan Sykes added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officer’s throughout the season.
“It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”
For in depth profiles on all of the players named in ‘The 11’ for December, please visit the LFE website.